Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Kipchumba Murkomen, Alfred Mutua, Evans Kidero, Hassan Omar. Are they Kenya's next political kingpins?

The beauty of general elections is that, the old order of political leadership is often felled and new leadership blossoms
. In Kenya it is no different after last month’s polls. There may have been comebacks and old dogs retained but power shifts occurred whether passively or actively. The system of governance has notably changed from the provincial administration to the county governments. For a long time, Kenyan politics has revolved around political kingpins who commanded support in their provincial strongholds. The counties, however, have not by any means changed the ethnic demographic and the constituencies that can be inherited by fresh political heavyweights. So is the affable and learned Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen the man to inherit William Ruto’s political base once the deputy President is done? Hassan Joho and Hassan Omar have coastal supremacy after the expired influence of former Minister Najib Balala. In Nyanza word on the ground is that Nairobi governor Evans Kidero is being prepped up to acquire the solid base of Raila Odinga. But will Johnson Sakaja the nominated MP of the TNA party provide credible opposition? Western Kenya has had former DPM Musalia Mudavadi as a symbol of the elusive Luhya unity but Eugene Wamalwa and Ababu Namwamba are rapidly rising as voices in the region. The north eastern parts of Kenya have Abdikadir Mohammed and Adan Duale as their beacons in national and regional politics, with the latter being the majority leader in Parliament.  The Kamba constituency has seen CORD's Kalonzo Musyoka command the region with stiff opposition from Charity Ngilu but will former Government spokesman Alfred Mutua or Johnstone Muthama, Machakos Governor and Senator respectively, emerge from his shadow? Former Planning Minister Peter Kenneth appears to be the heir apparent of the Central Kenya base after President Uhuru steps back from active politics. Finally, Nairobi has seen the Fred Gumos and Beth Mugos who once dominated replaced by colourful Senator Gideon Mbuvi and Women Rep Rachael Shebesh. The new and youthful names in the political scene have a lot cut out for them to have complete dominance in their regions. The old masters will doubtless have an influence in some areas but they will ultimately retire from the political arena and leave their strongholds to new leadership because change is inevitable.

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